Wednesday, May 16, 2018

William on Wheels. Kind Of.

William has a car. It's a 2003 Subaru Forester, and it's actually a nicer car than either of his parents' cars. It even has a sunroof. William just needs one more thing to complete his summer transportation needs: a driver's license.

So why does a 17-year-old young man buy a car (for William did in fact buy this with his own money, earned in a job last summer) when he doesn't have a license? Well, it all comes down to size. Or, more precisely, length.

William is long. We haven't measured him lately, but he's at least 6'3" tall, and that makes it difficult for him to fit into the driver's seat of some cars. Including, unfortunately, my Honda Civic. Now, William is taking driver's education, in the classroom and behind the wheel. But in addition to the time he spends with his licensed instructor, William is required to spend 40 hours on the road with a licensed driver over the age of 25. That would be me.

While he doesn't fit in my car, he does fit comfortably in Karen's Forester. But Karen's Forester is at her work at a large number of very inconvenient hours, and so to get that required experience, William needed something else to drive.

We were going to go to an auction and try to find a midsize. But Karen talked to our mechanic, who also has sold us four cars previously, all of which were good deals, and he said that he had not had good luck at that particular auction. But he did have a good car on the lot that he would make us a deal on. And it was, indeed, a very good deal, and a really nice car with low mileage.

And so now William has a car but no license, to make it easier to get his license so that he can take advantage, finally, of having his own car. And so now, starting this coming week, I will be taking him out on the road as much as possible so that he can get his license soon after the school year ends and finally ease the terrible logistical problems that come from having three workers and only two cars in the family.

Until Danny gets a job. But I don't want to think about that now.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Old Mac is Back!

I finally got my new hard drive, installed it with the help of some very generous people on the Internet who've been down that path before, and got my software installed, all of which means that I can now edit video, record audio, and do my websites with my favorite familiar tools. That also means I can update the site more regularly.

I was able to get some pictures up using the Windows machine, but the pathway for getting pictures onto the computer, particularly from the family phones, is much less convenient, for me at least, than the system I had with the Mac. I've already got some pictures queued up, and I'm going to try to get the family, all of whom have phones with cameras now (hint, hint) to submit pictures to me on at least a weekly basis.

Spring is here, at least the New Hampshire version of it. There's still snow on the ground in patches, and we are expecting one or two small, slushy storms before the temperature really starts to rise, but we can feel it coming. And in this house, in the Spring, a young man's fancy turns lightly to thoughts of driver's ed. Much to the chagrin of the young man's parents.

William will definitely have a job this summer, and might have two, so it has become imperative that he learn to drive. He hasn't been champing at the bit. The one job last summer was cycling distance, and he has enough friends who drive that his social life has not been too restricted by the lack of a license.

On the other hand, William will be an adult come this October. Yikes. So it's about time.

Right now, though, it's about time for me to move on to other things, with the promise that there is more to report soon. But if I spend to long with this, those pictures I have in queue will not be transformed into pictures that are actually posted on the site.